By-election date announced

A by-election in the council’s Hawick and Denholm ward will take place on Thursday, May 22, prompted by the death of Zandra Elliot.

There will be eight polling places in the ward: Denholm, Stirches, Wilton Dean, Hawick Youth Centre, Bonchester Bridge, Southdean; Trinity Primary School and two in Burnfoot.

The election will take place on the same day as the 2014 European election but will not be a combined poll.

The count will be held at council headquarters in Newtown St Boswells the following day.

Councillor Elliot, a member of the Conservative group, had been an elected member since 2007.